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Updated Thursday Ratings: ‘Young Sheldon’ is a Solid Fit Out of ‘The Big Bang Theory’

THURSDAY FAST AFFILIATE RATINGS

What follows are the fast affiliate results for Thursday, November 2, 2017 broken out by network and by each half-hour.

-Total Viewers:
CBS: 9.94 million, ABC: 5.30, NBC: 4.40, Fox: 3.24, CW: 1.58

-Adults 18-49:
CBS: 1.8 rating/7 share, ABC: 1.3/ 5, NBC: 1.0/ 4, Fox: 0.9/ 4, CW: 0.6/ 2

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8:00 p.m.

ABC – Grey’s Anatomy
Viewers: 7.54 million (#2), A18-49: 1.8/ 8 (#2)

CBS – The Big Bang Theory (time period return)
Viewers: 14.13 million (#1), A18-49: 2.7/11 (#1)

NBC – Superstore
Viewers: 3.51 million (#3), A18-49: 1.0/ 4 (#3)

Fox – Gotham
Viewers: 2.78 million (#4), A18-49: 0.9/ 4 (#4)

CW – Supernatural
Viewers: 1.84 million (#5), A18-49: 0.6/ 3 (#5)

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8:30 p.m.

ABC – Grey’s Anatomy
Viewers: 7.14 million (#2), A18-49: 1.8/ 7 (#2)

CBS – Young Sheldon (time period premiere)
Viewers: 13.29 million (#1), A18-49: 2.4/ 9 (#1)

NBC – The Good Place
Viewers: 3.04 million (#3), A18-49: 1.0/ 4 (#3)

Fox – Gotham
Viewers: 2.64 million (#4), A18-49: 0.8/ 3 (#4)

CW – Supernatural
Viewers: 1.73 million (#5), A18-49: 0.6/ 2 (#5)

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9:00 p.m.

ABC – Scandal
Viewers: 5.04 million (#3), A18-49: 1.2/ 4 (#3)

CBS – Mom (season premiere)
Viewers: 9.60 million (#1), A18-49: 1.8/ 7 (#1)

NBC – Will & Grace
Viewers: 5.60 million (#2), A18-49: 1.5/ 6 (#2)

Fox – The Orville
Viewers: 3.67 million (#4), A18-49: 1.0/ 4 (#4)

CW – Arrow
Viewers: 1.42 million (#5), A18-49: 0.5/ 2 (#5)

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9:30 p.m.

ABC – Scandal
Viewers: 4.81 million (#2), A18-49: 1.1/ 4 (#2)

CBS – Life in Pieces (season premiere)
Viewers: 7.70 million (#1), A18-49: 1.5/ 6 (#1)

NBC – Great News
Viewers: 2.73 million (#4), A18-49: 0.7/ 3 (#4)

Fox – The Orville
Viewers: 3.86 million (#4), A18-49: 1.0/ 4 (#3)

CW – Arrow
Viewers: 1.29 million (#5), A18-49: 0.4/ 2 (#5)

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10:00 p.m.

ABC – How To Get Away With Murder
Viewers: 3.82 million (#3), A18-49: 1.0/ 4 (#2t)

CBS – S.W.A.T. (series premiere)
Viewers: 7.66 million (#1), A18-49: 1.4/ 5 (#1)

NBC – Chicago Fire
Viewers: 5.70 million (#2), A18-49: 1.0/ 4 (#2t)

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10:30 p.m.

ABC – How To Get Away With Murder
Viewers: 3.43 million (#3), A18-49: 0.9/ 4 (#3)

CBS – S.W.A.T. (series premiere)
Viewers: 7.29 million (#1), A18-49: 1.3/ 5 (#1)

NBC – Chicago Fire
Viewers: 5.86 million (#2), A18-49: 1.0/ 4 (#2)

Source: Nielsen Media Research

Written by Marc Berman

Marc Berman has been writing professionally since 1999 and is the author of weekly column “Mr. Television” for Campaign US (www.campaignlive.com). Most recently, Berman was the creator and Editor-in-Chief of website and newsletter TV Media Insights for Cross MediaWorks. From 1999-2011, he was the Senior Editor for Mediaweek and has also written for The New York Daily News, Variety, The Hollywood Reporter and Emmy Magazine, among others. Berman has also appeared on “Entertainment Tonight,” “Extra,” “Access Hollywood,” “Inside Edition,” “The CBS Evening News,” E!, CNN, CNBC, Fox News and MSNBC.

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  1. FROM NBC

    Note that CBS stations in New York and Buffalo carried NFL football.

    “Will & Grace” (1.5/6 in 18-49, 5.6 million viewers overall from 9-9:31 p.m. ET):
    · Is up +36% vs. NBC’s non-sports average in the timeslot last season in 18-49 (1.5 vs. 1.1) and also up +50% vs. last night’s lead-in (1.5 vs. 1.0).
    · Ranks #2 in the timeslot among the Big 4 in 18-49 and total viewers.
    · Ties for #1 among those nets in the women 18-49 demo.
    · From 9-9:30, beats “Scandal” by a +25% margin in 18-49 (1.5 vs. 1.2).
    · Will grow dramatically via time-shifting and VOD — “Will & Grace” has grown by +81% in 18-49 rating this past season going from L+SD to L+7 (2.11 to a 3.82) and +4.4 million viewers overall (7.7 million to 12.1 million). With the addition of projected non-linear ratings, the L+7 average increases to a 4.45.
    · Upscale: “Will & Grace” is delivering a strong upscale audience, indexing at a 136 among adults 18-49 living in homes with $100K+ incomes

    “The Good Place” (1.0/4 in 18-49, 3.0 million viewers overall from 8:30-9 p.m. ET):
    · Retains 100% of its lead-in in adults 18-49 and adults 25-54 (1.2 vs. 1.2) and builds in adults 18-34 (0.6 vs. 0.5).
    · Is running within 0.1 of last week’s rating in 18-49 (1.0 vs. 1.1), despite competition in the timeslot last night from the regular-slot debut of “Young Sheldon.”
    · Will grow substantially with time-shifting and VOD – “The Good Place” is increasing by +67% in 18-49 rating going from L+SD to L+7 so far this season (from a 1.26 to a 2.10) and +2.0 million viewers overall (4.6 million to 6.6 million). With the addition of projected non-linear ratings, the L+7 figure grows to a 2.71.
    · Upscale: “The Good Place” is generating a strong upscale audience, indexing at a 132 among adults 18-49 living in homes with $100K+ incomes (with 100 representing an average concentration of those homes).

    “Superstore” (1.0/4 in 18-49, 3.5 million viewers overall from 8-8:30 p.m. ET):
    · Is up +11% versus where the show concluded last season over its final four episodes in 18-49 (1.0 vs. 0.9 from April 6 through May 4) and +18% in total viewers (3.511 million vs. 2.976 million), despite last night’s timeslot competition from the Thursday debut of “The Big Bang Theory.”
    · Virtually matches the show’s results on the year-ago night in 18-49 (1.0 vs. 1.1) and total viewers (3.511 million vs. 3.583 million).
    · Will add significant viewership via time-shifting and VOD — “Superstore” is growing by +47% in 18-49 rating going from L+SD to L+7 (from a 1.19 to a 1.75) and +1.2 million viewers overall (4.4 million to 5.6 million). When projected non-linear viewing is included, the L+7 18-49 rating increases to a 2.33.
    · Upscale: “Superstore” is delivering a strong upscale audience, indexing at a 115 among adults 18-49 in $100K+ homes.

    “Chicago Fire” (1.0/4 in 18-49, 5.8 million viewers overall from 10-11 p.m. ET):
    · Ranks #2 in the timeslot among the ABC, CBS and NBC dramas and total viewers and is #2 or tied for #2 among those programs in every other key measure.
    · Tops “How to Get Away With Murder” by +11% in 18-49 (1.0 vs. 0.9) and beats it by +2.2 million persons or a +60% margin in total viewers (5.778 million vs. 3.622 million).
    · Is up +11% versus NBC’s non-sports average in the timeslot last season in 18-49 (1.0 vs. 0.9, L+SD) and +20% in total viewers (5.778 million vs. 4.824 million).
    · Will increase substantially via time-shifting and VOD:
    o Last week’s “Fire” increased by +63% in 18-49 (1.19 to 1.94) and more than +3.1 million viewers overall (6.5 million to 9.7 million) going from L+SD to L+3
    o It was the biggest L+3 lift of the night in total viewers.
    o L+7: “Chicago Fire” is growing by +87% in 18-49 rating (from a 1.22 to a 2.28) and more than +4.0 million viewers overall (6.5 million to 10.5 million) going from L+SD to L+7. With the addition of projected non-linear ratings, the L+7 figure increases to a 2.59

    “Great News” (0.7/3 in 18-49, 2.7 million viewers overall from 9:31-10 p.m. ET):
    · Is currently retaining 100% versus what the show was averaging at the close of last season in 18-49 (0.7 vs. 0.7 for its last four episodes of Season 1 on May 16 and 23).
    · Will grow with the addition of time-shifted and VOD viewership — “Great News” has increased by +19% in 18-49 rating going from L+SD to L+7 (1.04 to a 1.24) and +641,000 viewers overall (4.2 million to 4.9 million). When projected non-linear viewing is included, the L+7 18-49 rating grows to a 1.32.
    · Upscale: “Great News” is generating a strong upscale audience, indexing at a 129 among adults 18-49 living in homes with $100K+ incomes (with 100 representing an average concentration of those homes).

    In Late-Night Metered Markets Thursday Night:

    · In Nielsen’s 56 metered markets, household averages were: “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon,” 1.9/5; “Late Show with Stephen Colbert,” 2.8/8; and ABC’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” 2.0/5.

    · In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 ratings were: “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon,” 0.6/4; “Late Show,” 0.5/3; and “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” 0.7/4.

    · From 12:35-1:05 a.m. ET, ABC’s “Nightline” averaged a 1.2/4 in metered-market households and a 0.4/3 in 18-49 in the Local People Meters.

    · From 12:35-1:35 a.m. ET, ratings were: “Late Night with Seth Meyers,” 1.2/4 in metered-market households; CBS’s “Late Late Show,” 1.2/4. In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, averages were: “Late Night,” 0.4/3 in 18-49; “Late Late Show,” 0.3/2.

    · At 1:35 a.m., “Last Call with Carson Daly” averaged a 0.7/3 in metered-market households and a 0.3/3 in adults 18-49 in the 25 markets with local people meters.

    NOTE: Primetime results are based on “fast affiliate time period” data from Nielsen Media Research. All ratings are “live plus same day” unless otherwise indicated.

  2. FROM CBS

    THE THURSDAY PREMIERE OF “YOUNG SHELDON”
    AVERAGES 13.3 MILLION VIEWERS—PROJECTED
    TO INCREASE TO 16.6 MILLION

    Retains 94% of its “Big Bang Theory” Viewer Lead In and
    89% in A18-49

    “Mom” and “Life in Pieces” Out Deliver Year Ago Premieres

    The Series Premiere of “S.W.A.T” Improves The Year Ago
    10:00 PM Time Period By Double Digit Percentages in Viewers and A18-49

    “The Big Bang Theory” Tops the Night in All Measures

    CBS Sweeps Thursday in Viewers and Demos

    Note: Due to local coverage of the New York Jets vs. Buffalo Bills game that aired on the NFL Network, CBS programming aired on WLNY in New York and delayed on WCBS and was delayed in Buffalo. Ratings are tentative and likely to change.

    · At 8:00 PM, the Thursday premiere of THE BIG BANG THEORY was first in viewers (14.13m), A18-49 (2.7) and A25-54 (4.1), the night’s #1 program in all these measures.

    · At 8:30 PM, the Thursday premiere of YOUNG SHELDON was first in viewers (13.29m), A18-49 (2.4) and A25-54 (3.8). If ratings hold, YOUNG SHELDON retained 94% of its viewer lead in and 89% in A18-49. Compared to the time period a year ago, YOUNG SHELDON was up +50% in viewers and +26% in A18-49. With 7-day delayed viewing, YOUNG SHELDON is projected to increase to 16.6 million viewers and 3.3 in A18-49.

    · At 9:00 PM, the season premiere of MOM was first in viewers (9.61m), A18-49 (1.8) and A25-54 (2.8). Compared to its year ago premiere MOM was up +36% in viewers and +20% in A18-49.

    · At 9:30 PM, the season premiere of LIFE IN PIECES was first in viewers (7.70m), A18-49 (1.5) and A25-54 (2.3). Compared to its year ago premiere, LIFE IN PIECES was up +28% in viewers and +7% in A18-49.

    · At 10:00 PM, the series premiere of S.W.A.T was first in viewers (7.47m), A18-49 (1.3) and A25-54 (2.0). Compared to the time period last year, S.W.A.T. was up +19% in viewers and +18% in A18-49. With 7-day delayed viewing, it is projected to increase to nearly 11 million viewers.

    · For the night, CBS was first in viewers (9.95m), A18-49 (1.8) and A25-54 (2.8).

  3. That’s a shade better for BBT, Young Sheldon was like a second premiere so the proof will be in the further weeks.

    Will and Grace now below 6 million overnight viewers…

    SWAT was soft bow…

    The Orville’s peak about 54 million last week didn’t last. Still a flop, and Walden and Newman bought a second year of it…